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Smoking, but not using snus, increases risk of diabetes

5 August, 2004 - Umeå universitet

A collaborative study involving Sunderby Hospital, Luleå, and Umeå University confirms that men who smoke run a substantial risk of developing diabetes. On the other hand, no parameters indicate that using snus (moist snuff) increases this risk.

Dingo’s mother a Chinese domesticated dog

5 August, 2004 - KTH (Kungliga Tekniska högskolan)

The Australian dingo descends from domesticated dogs that people from Southeast Asia brought with them to Australia some 5,000 years ago. Genetic studies indicate that it is probably a matter of a single occasion and a very small number of dogs.

Researchers uncover surprising degree of large-scale variation in the human genome

12 July, 2004 - Karolinska Institutet

A new study by Michael Wigler’s group at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has, in collaboration with researchers from Karolinska Institutet, revealed surprising differences in the DNA of normal cells from different people. Implications are now seen for cancer, neurological disorders and other deseases.

Oldest ice in core sample from Antarctic reveals unknown climatic history

11 June, 2004 - Stockholms universitet

Secrets of the earth’s earlier climate are uncovered in this week’s issue of the journal Nature. The information has been gleaned from an ice core sample from the Antarctic. The ice core from Dome C, high on the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, contains snowfall from the last 740,000 years. This is the longest climate series ever extracted from inland ice.

Arctic expedition may find clues to what caused the ice-age

1 June, 2004 - Polarforskningssekretariatet

The Arctic Coring Expedition (ACEX) will be launched at a press conference at 12.30pm on Thursday 3 June at the Royal Society in London. This expedition involves scientists & engineers from France, Germany, Sweden, the UK and other countries, on behalf of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program .

Unique driving simulator increases traffic safety

30 April, 2004 - VTI – Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut

LINKÖPING, SWEDEN — April 28, 2004 – Yesterday the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) introduced a new driving simulator, Driving Simulator III, after several years of intensive development work.

LKAB investing SEK 100 million in new research center

30 March, 2004 - Luleå tekniska universitet

LKAB investment in a new research center at Luleå University of Technology in Sweden will establish a research facility for cross-functional research from ore extraction to metallurgy.

Employers reject the unemployed

22 March, 2004 - Institutet för arbetsmarknads- och utbildningspolitisk utvärdering

Swedish employers seem to view being unemployed as a negative trait. A new study from IFAU (Institute for Labor Market Policy Evaluation) shows that companies prefer to contact applicants who have jobs rather than those who are unemployed, even t though the individuals are identical in all other respects. This aggravates the situation of the unemployed when it comes to finding work.

Europe takes joint action on food-borne environmental pollutants in new expert network

22 March, 2004 - Karolinska Institutet

The harmful effects of chemical contaminants in food are of major health concern in Europe today. However, a lack of integration of interdisciplinary activities, such as basic research and risk assessment, severely hampers the efforts to reach European excellence in this area. The individual research projects are also small in scale and not well integrated into a coherent structure. To tackle the fragmentation problems and to achieve synergistic effects and full European research potential, the European Commission will this week sign a contract worth over €14 million with 18 different European research centers, which will form a durable European Network of Excellence in food safety.

What happens to Africa’s orphans?

12 March, 2004 - Göteborgs universitet

A new study shows that grandmothers who took in their orphaned grandchildren experience a great deal of stress owing to their advanced age, poverty, responsibility, and lack of emotional and practical support. In spite of this stress they did not feel that their grandchildren were less well adjusted socially than ‘ordinary’ children. Stressed grandmothers used tough methods to raise their grandchildren. Toughness in combination with love seems to have counteracted the risk of maladjustment among these grandchildren.